le Surmelin

More than a bed & breakfast

The river, champagne, tranquillity, diversity, comfort and breakfast.

5 comfortable rooms

Each of our 5 comfortable and spacious rooms has its own private bathroom and toilet. One room is wheelchair accessible, upstairs is our family room (4 people).
The rooms just like the common areas are decorated with contemporary artworks.
The whole property has been renovated in a simple manner with respect for the original features of the former café and forge. The materials used are practical and not luxurious. However, it is equipped with all the modern comforts in an authentic look.

Terraces on the bank of the Surmelin

Our accessible terrace is right on the bank of the river Surmelin. The view on the wash house and the footbridge to the village is very picturesque. You will find terrace chairs and in good weather a table for breakfast or dinner.
There is a terrace right next to the river where there are two ‘butterfly’ chairs, the perfect place to relax to the sounds of nature and water.
The ‘Surmelin’ room has its own terrace overlooking the vineyards, the church, our garden (and our dogs) and the two natural beehives.

Here you eat well

Our breakfast is  appreciated as being copious, complete and very tasty. We will of course serve you ‘croissant and baguette’, a cup of coffee or tea, our homemade jams, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, sweet and savoury dishes.
Our 2 or 3 course table d’hôtes – only on reservation – is home made with fresh and as many as possible local products.

Discover the Champagne, region and wine

Our house on one of the six routes of the Champagne Tourist Route in a small village is the best base for any trip to explore the region and its champagnes. We are in the southern Aisne, near Château-Thierry, 50 km from Reims, Epernay, Soissons, Meaux or Chalons-en-Champagne. Of course a visit to an independent winemaker and his cellars is on the agenda, as well as a tasting and purchase of some bottles. We have a “motoport” for 4 motorbikes.

The many Romanesque churches, the various castles, from the Middle Ages and later, the market halls, the wash houses and the picturesque villages bear witness to a rich past. Château-Thierry, also the birthplace of the French writer Jean de la Fontaine is 20 minutes away.

During the First World War, the Château-Thierry region was the last front line on the Marne, where heavy fighting caused many casualties. In the end, the war was settled in this region.

Diversity, durability and respect

Everyone is welcome to stay with us. You are at home … when you support the values of diversity and respect, for man and nature.

Alain is an ecological beekeeper and from that interest he contributes to restoring and saving our diversity. It is important to preserve each one in the chain and to intervene as little as possible on local and native fauna and flora.

Just as we love our authentic old house with all its charm and benefits, we want to return to an authentic environment. That is why we chose to let our garden and surroundings go wild. Without any explanation, this seems like neglect but it goes far beyond this and in the opposite direction, it is caring for nature.